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Huge Colima Mahogany Obsidian Spear Tip
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Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A hand-knapped mahogany obsidian spear tip of substantial size featuring a bifacial triangular blade, protruding lower fins, and a thick handle. Obsidian is a volcanic stone that was rare and difficult to obtain and was revered by ancient Mesoamericans as being among the finest and sharpest material available. A spearhead such as this, was likely an indicator of elite status or wealth, and may have been buried with the owner as a precious object to bring to the afterlife. Size: 7.5" L x 2.875" W (19 cm x 7.3 cm)

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-Artemis Gallery; ex-private Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA collection; ex-Dr. David Harner collection, Springdale, Arkansas, USA, acquired between the 1950s and 1960s

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#172343
Condition
Losses to tip of neck and bottom of handle, with nicks to peripheries not commensurate with the knapping process. Great surface smoothness and wonderful stone coloration.
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Huge Colima Mahogany Obsidian Spear Tip

Estimate $700 - $1,050
Aug 11, 2022
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Est. $700 - $1,050Starting Price $350
Beauty & Beasts: Ancient, Ethno, Fine Art
Aug 11, 2022 10:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0130 Details

Description
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Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A hand-knapped mahogany obsidian spear tip of substantial size featuring a bifacial triangular blade, protruding lower fins, and a thick handle. Obsidian is a volcanic stone that was rare and difficult to obtain and was revered by ancient Mesoamericans as being among the finest and sharpest material available. A spearhead such as this, was likely an indicator of elite status or wealth, and may have been buried with the owner as a precious object to bring to the afterlife. Size: 7.5" L x 2.875" W (19 cm x 7.3 cm)

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-Artemis Gallery; ex-private Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA collection; ex-Dr. David Harner collection, Springdale, Arkansas, USA, acquired between the 1950s and 1960s

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#172343
Condition
...
Losses to tip of neck and bottom of handle, with nicks to peripheries not commensurate with the knapping process. Great surface smoothness and wonderful stone coloration.

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